Welcome

Hidden away in a disused quarry on top of Cloud Hill, in Temple Cloud …

Rockaway is the umbrella for the many diverse and interdependent things that occur here. Set up with the intention of sharing work, visions and ideas, If you would like to work with us or get involved in any way, have a look around and see if anything appeals…. We don’t have much in the way of finance , but we have a fantastic place and a lot of enthusiasm.. We also have workshop, studio and limited storage space available to rent …..   scroll down, or click the above links to look at all the things that have been recently happening at Rockaway Park….

Lots of new things to report and check out… Firstly we are hosting a Wind Turbine building course https://www.facebook.com/events/1565666933723198/ with v3power.co.uk on the 23rd and 24th April.. Limited spaces are still available and we also have the possibility of staying over through our rooms at https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3896902

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3896902

and https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3956921

Also we are very keen to attract a few more people for our regular Yoga and Pilates classes… Yoga is at 7 p.m. every Tuesday , and Pilates at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays

https://www.facebook.com/Juliet-Parker-Pilates-525599120937888/?sk=info&app_data&tab=overview

Our rehearsal studios are now open for business and are being run by Magnus.. Further information is here

http://www.rockawaypark.co.uk/?page_id=1148 or check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Rockaway-Studio-979668282087057/

We have recently let 2 units to Matt Keynon who is cutting and building with oak and other local timbers, We are able to supply timber in all shapes and sizes and cut to your specifications. There are also plenty of people on site here, who can build whatever you may want with the timber.

Mark Greenaway is designing and building anything you want in metal at his workshops here and welcomes orders of any shape and size

And last but not least (and in fact first!)     We are hosting a Benefit meal of foraged goodies at Rockaway on Sunday 17th April. 6.30pm £20 a head-3 course vegan meal and drink.
The venue is perfect for a night to eat some delicious food and so we can raise some funds for Anarchist Black Cross/ No Borders.
Limited space available so book now-auriewroe@hotmail.com.    directions,menu etc sent after confirmation

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A great video some guests made here at Rockaway

Arua and Jess visit Rockaway … in Portugese !

Bear with it… It’s a really good insight into some of the stuff we have going on here !!

Time goes by

Just a few pictures to try and catch up a bit.. We’ve been building , painting , selling and delivering many , many ex Tesco truck boxes. These are being used as sheds , and tack rooms , and bike, and quad , and equipment storage. We have done loads of them and are still flat out. And a shot of Mark loading a truck for some Romanian customers.IMG_2453 (1)

In addition we have been building a beautiful timber studio , the pictures do not do it justice as it still indoors and its hard to get round it.. but in real life it looks amazing.IMG_2418

We have also made a start to a rainwater harvesting system for the house.. Sounds posh , but effectively just a gutter going to a tank ! You wouldn’t believe how hard that could be … Ultimately though , i am hoping to pump the water ( by solar/wind) back up the hill behind and then back down to flush the toilets and (hopefully automatically) water the plants in the atrium.IMG_2529 (2)

And Tom and Jack from v3 power have been back this week to erect the wind turbine we worked on during their turbine building course that we ran here last year. We are just starting to plan this years course, so if you have any interest please get in touch and let us know. We can do accommodation or you can stay in your own vehicle / tent etc on site…

And the same applies to a Permaculture / Forest Garden course that we are planning for June 3-6 ( Sat till Tuesday) with Graham Burnett from Spiral Seed.
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More details will be announced soon for both events..

And some shots of the Showmans wagon , and the clearing in the woods that we are preparing for it.IMG_2149

Anyway , have a look at these few photos and get in touch if any of this interest you..

News for April 2016

Lots of new things to report and check out… Firstly we are hosting a Wind Turbine building course

https://www.facebook.com/events/1565666933723198/

withv3power.co.uk on the 23rd and 24th April.. Limited spaces are still available and we also have the possibility of staying over through our rooms at

 https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3896902

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3896902

and https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3956921

Also we are very keen to attract a few more people for our regular Yoga and Pilates classes… Yoga is at 7 p.m. every Tuesday , and Pilates at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays

https://www.facebook.com/Juliet-Parker-Pilates-525599120937888/?sk=info&app_data&tab=overview

Our rehearsal studios are now open for business and are being run by Magnus.. Further information is here

http://www.rockawaypark.co.uk/?page_id=1148

or check out the facebook page

We have recently let 2 units to Matt Keynon who is cutting and building with oak and other local timbers, We are able to supply timber in all shapes and sizes and cut to your specifications. There are also plenty of people on site here, who can build whatever you may want with the timber.

Mark Greenaway is designing and building anything you want in metal at his workshops here and welcomes orders of any shape and size

And last but not least (and in fact first!)     We are hosting a Benefit meal of foraged goodies at Rockaway on Sunday 17th April. 6.30pm £20 a head-3 course vegan meal and drink.
The venue is perfect for a night to eat some delicious food and so we can raise some funds for Anarchist Black Cross/ No Borders.
Limited space available so book now-auriewroe@hotmail.com.    directions,menu etc sent after confirmation

thames

Timber , Sawmills and Construction

Here are some fairly recent photos from Rockaway.

We are pleased to welcome Matt Keynon, who is importing and selling mobile sawmills and is currently renting one of our new units here (as yet unfinished). Here’s some shots of the sawmill, some timber we’ve cut, some older seasoned oak boards, and some of the things we have been making with it. The sliding doors on the building were made here from timber we milled and metalwork  that we made on site. It is hoped to eventually have a 12 kw Solar array fitted to the roof in an effort to get off grid.

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Well its been a while since we posted , and this is going to be a jumble ! but Im sure there is something here to interest everyone… If you need to know more or are interested in getting involved in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch… Enjoy !!

 

Bristol ABC fund raiser hosted at Rockaway House

Some weeks ago now (time flies here) we were pleased to host a fundraising event for Bristol Anarchist Black Cross.

The event was run by our friends Isy and Mike from Two Trees Catering

Over 20 people attended and a good evening was enjoyed by all.

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These photos were taken by Katy Burgess there are some more photos from this event on the Rockaway House page.

Pick-Up Pollinator at The Chelsea Fringe supplied by Cloud Hill Commercials

Not long ago we supplied a Mitsubushi pick-up to Cleeve Nursery to be turned into a giant planter at their nursery in Somerset. It stayed there for a while before being transported to the Chelsea Fringe Flower show and now we have some photos and videos from it’s journey.

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Pickup Pollinators is an up-cycled Mitsubishi pickup truck planted up with edible plants that rely on bees and other pollinating insects. It will also be planted with flowering plants that encourage pollinating insects into gardens, towns and cities. We plan to demonstrate just how important pollinating insects are to our food security and what can easily be done to encourage these vital insects to thrive in our homes and public spaces. This installation will appear at several major events in Bristol and elsewhere but will be primarily shown at Cleeve Nursery, Cleeve, Bristol. BS49 4PW. Expect plants to be spilling out of every automotive orifice!

More links on the story below.

Cleeve Nursery                                     ·

Alan Gets Growing at Chelsea Fringe – Western Daily Press

Chelsea Fringe Festival Comes Of Age – The Gaurdian

Pick-Up Pollinators – Chelsea Fringe

Hinches Aerial Rig being built at the yard!

Here’s some pictures of the thing Hinch has been working on all the time in the top yard.
It’s called Divine Wind Circus mobile aerial rig, suitable for all static aerial disciplines (incl trapeze), just under eight meters high and fully load tested.
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DSC04102At this point it’s still a work in progress, I’m about to extend the flatbed into a stage and also figuring out the best angles of use, attaching lights & sound etc.

 

So what I’m looking for is some collaborations where I have a bit of time and space to experiment. It’s not a refined product yet, hence I don’t have a website yet but if anyone is interested or has any ideas please contact Hinch at madsolutions@gmx.net
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Space for Rent

At the moment we have very little space available. There is a chance that some may become free or we may be able to construct the space you require. We are still interested in hearing your ideas and plans and may be able to help with short term lets…. i.e. set builds etc

 

“From Russia With Love” Trip to The Frozen North to pick up two rocket like aviation fuel tanks!

A few weeks ago we were giving instructions to locate two large missile type rockets for an art project! Our hunt for these unusual items led us to an aeronautical scrap yard all the way up in The Frozen North. We then then had to collect them and deliver them all the way to Chepstow in Wales!

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Our mission started at 6am the truck was loaded with fuel to make it there and enough straps to hold the cargo down and as much soft materials as we could find to pad out the load! An old mattress, rolls of lino and old clothing was used to avoid any damage to the cargo!

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A photo below of the unusual load just before we left to start the slow decent back towards Wales!

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As you can imagine we attracted quite a lot of attention on route and a lot of laughs and smiles along the way from passers by and on our stop in a town center in order to find a spot of lunch caused quite a spectacle! The last photo from our journey was taken at a service station where a builder insisted he climbed the rocket in nothing but his boxers and a straw hat, while onlookers couldn’t believe there eyes. His work mates took photos to do the rounds on facebook! We we’re in stitches of laughter at the incident!

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“From Russia With Love”

We eventually made it to Chepstow at midnight. It was like a scene from a James Bond movie as we approached the farm and entered in the code for the electric gates!  We were greeted by some workers from the Eastern Bloc who helped us unload the missiles into shipping containers in the dark of the night which totally set the scene. The rocket jokes were wearing thin by this time but the words “Rocket Mission Complete” by one of them brought a smile to our faces before we started to head home. Covered in the remnants of rocket fuel left in the tanks and utterly exhausted we we’re glad to be heading back to Bristol where we arrived at 2am for a well earned rest!

 

Rust and Derelict Caravan

Some new arrivals from last week… A 20 foot Eccles caravan,probably from the 60’s and in need of a lot of love and attention,but would be a fantastic “amazing spaces” project. And a fantastically beautiful steel tank which has been twisted and contorted over the years into beautiful rust and rivetted shapes.. Also, a very old electric meter from a painters shed.. looking gorgeous and paint splattered

The story behind the mirrored Capri “Dog On”

Photo 21-12-2014 15 22 12The mirror covered Ford Capri that sits on the track in the main entrance to Rockaway Park, and also features as the header image of our website, has quite an interesting story. We decided it deserved a post to explain the origins and history of this unique piece of artwork!

The original artwork was created by the artist Pauline Foster, and the car for the project was purchased from a scrapyard in Stroud. At the time it was viewed as a form of artistic protest as it became an un-official exhibit at the Tate modern. Considering how difficult it is to get into the world of modern art, Pauline decided to deliver it there herself.

It was dragged into place on the opening day by four women, scattering rose petals as they went, and was left on the Tate Moderns doorstep. Causing quite a stir, no-one knew if it was an official exhibit, and the artist received a lot of praise. Unfortunately the car was later towed away and impounded by the police. The Guardian newspaper interviewed the artist, which can be read here.

386651856 The artwork was eventually released from the police compound,which was very lucky as the artist had no money to pay the fees. They looked favorably on the work which was the only reason it wasn’t scrapped!

After being moved by lorry to the pub Pauline owned, it become a feature in the pubs garden. To the left is a photo of the poet John Cooper Clarke sat on the bonnet after playing a gig at The George Tavern.

Before Glastonbury 2011, our friend Beaker had brought the car to the festival site from London to be used in the Unfairground,where our rocket was also in use. After Glastonbury Joe Rush asked us if we would like to bring it back and keep it at our yard, and it’s sat here degrading for the 3 years since then.

capriRecently, a very close friend of ours was driving up our track , recognized the car and quizzed us to how we had come by it. It just so happened that Phil from B and K dismantlers in Slad, Stroud (who we have dealt with for over 25years) had sold Pauline Foster the car all those years earlier. After quite a journey with many twists and turns for a car with no engine it had ended up not  far from where it had originated and has been here ever since.

 

Construction of new log cabin from old recycled timber

Jose (our master carpenter) is working on a new log cabin for Danny , Char and baby Aiken who are outgrowing their Showmans waggon. Using timber that we recovered from a BBC film set in Malmesbury ( The Crimson Field) he has started work on 2 sections ( out of 4) which will join and attach to their existing washroom block in the top yard.

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New images added 25.3.2015 Please scroll through to watch this masterpiece unfold…

On a huge wooden wall in the corner where eventually the venue / rehearsal space will emerge from … Our old friend and fellow conspirator Boswell is painting away

http://boswellart.blogspot.co.uk/    Click back for progress !!   Or to buy books of his amazing art check the shop at www.allthemadmen.co.uk

Seckou Keita Photoshoot

In May 2014 it was our great pleasure to have our old friend, Andy Morgan visit the yard for a photo shoot with Seckou Keita… For more on this or to contact Andy please visit http://www.andymorganwrites.com

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Yoga and Pilates classes Please share and come along !!

We will now be hosting Yoga classes every Tuesday at 7pm and Pilates classes on Wednesday’s at 8 p.m. !  All levels are most welcome and its a very easy going atmosphere so don’t be scared !!

Please share if you know anyone who might like to come along!

Price is £10 including tea and biscuits afterwards… Photos below from the first session

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Johnny de Mearns

BA MA

MTI Registered Therapist

YAUK Registered Teacher

Johnny is an empathic, intuitive artist, healer and a qualified Yoga teacher. A massage practitioner since 1998, a practitioner of Conscious Embodiment and The Artist’s Way facilitator, he has apprenticed with Clive Sheridan for the last 16 years.

Johnny began studying yoga with Bob Philips in 1996 and has since studied, practiced and retreated with a broad spectrum of teachers from Jilly Rosser, Caroline Lang, Glen Cerosoli, Diane Long, Sophy Hoare, John Stirk, John Claxton and recently Stewart Gilchrist.

“Yoga quite literally changed my life! And its practice continues to do so. It has helped me to overcome obstacles on so many levels, not just physically and mentally. My desire is to invite people to explore how developing a more acute awareness of their physical experience of being they are afforded the opportunity to see their life experience for what it is and perhaps for what it can become”

Alongside Yoga Johnny is offering:

Intuitive Holistic Massage Sessions

Johnny is a subtle, intuitive deep tissue therapist. Expect to connect right back in to yourself through this profound holistic invitation.

Informed by Shiatsu, TCM and 19 years of Yoga practice, Johnny unerringly finds any resistance and asks it in the nicest possible way to kindly move on, leaving this behind, you’ll leave feeling refreshed, lighter and more alive!

Sessions last an hour and a half and cost £65 [£45 concs]

 

Hedge, Gates and Planting

This weekends progress now in the photo gallery… Fence is mostly erected and we have planted wild flowers and grass seed along with lavender,thyme and other herbs 24.3.2015

Mark G is making a start to clearing the eastern most part of the site, in preparation to fence and plant a new hedge. This is the point where Eastcourt Road turns sharply to the left ,just after you’ve come under the old railway bridge.The remainder of the perimeter hedge was professionally laid over the last two years , but this section was just overgrown with bracken and bramble. It is hoped to replant in the next week or so to give the new hedge time to get going in the spring. From close inspection of this area it appears to have been part of the old quarry works where stone from our quarry was loaded onto trains to make the trip into Bristol, where it was used for many building works.

Ive added some old maps to get an idea of the historic use.

Stand clear while the ride is in Motion

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It don’t just grow on trees,You know ?

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Wild animals, Aeroplanes, Rowdy

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ex RAF Canberra bomber in mid conversion to “Glamping” pod…. Fitted out internally with reclaimed timber and painted majestically by Rowdy,

http://www.getrowdy.info/rowdy/ 

who then went on to paint a 25 metre long Croc on the wall behind.

And the interior being worked on by Jose…. more to come !

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“Tommy” fashion shoot

London Fashion Week

Photo shoot by Marc Aitken Photograpy , set in our yard last summer. A modern update on The Who’s rock opera Tommy

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marc-Aitken-Photography/185886451478091

Solar water heating for Rockaway House

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Ed at work fitting solar water heating panels,sourced through eBay and to be connected to the domestic hot water system in the house.

Where it all started…

Back at the turn of 2000 we were running a large van breaking business out of 3 rented locations in and around Bristol. Around this time i stumbled upon an ageing scrapyard just south of Bristol and Bath that was for sale and in need of some love and attention. This website is devoted to what we are doing here, where we have come from and (hopefully) where we are going next… Climb aboard and have a look around.

About 6 months in and things couldn’t get much worse !

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This is now the road to the upper yard

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Children and Dogs now welcome !

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Barry Rogers who was the old owner and Duncan.. The first day we visited

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I spent a long time sieving stone and soil in order to level the upper yard. All this land was previously quarried and tipped in so there has been no disruption to “virgin” land.

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This particular spot was where the previous owner had done all his “car crushing” with a huge weight and an ancient old dragline.. This job lasted two years and I loved it !! By the time id finished with this machine it had no tracks left on it , the main boom was snapped in half, and it dragged itself round by lifting one side at a time !!

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We erected a huge concrete sleeper wall between the upper and lower yard in 2004 ( Eagle eyed viewers will spot where the boom snapped)

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Constructing the retaining wall that has now got Rowdy’s Crocodile on..

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